Free State ANC chairman booed off stage at FS Thuma Mina event

Free State ANC chairman booed off stage at FS Thuma Mina event

- Angry Bloemfontein residents booed the ANC's Free State chairman off stage during a Thuma Mina event on Monday

- According to the angry crowd, they are upset about poor service delivery, as well as corruption in the area

- President Cyril Ramaphosa assured them he will fight corruption on a national and provincial level, but residents were not convinced

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Sam Mashinini, the ANC's Free State chairperson was not welcome at a Thuma Mina event on Monday. The chairman was booed off stage by a group of people in Phase Six, a township in Bloemfontein.

In doing so, those who booed the chairman forced President Cyril Ramaphosa to take to the stage sooner than he anticipated. It's believed the angry crowd was upset about the ruling party's structures in the Free State. gathered that while Ramaphosa informed the audience he plans on ridding government of corruption on a national and provincial level, those in attendance showed they didn't believe the president.

According to a report by The Citizen, the crowd told the president about their own experiences with corrupt local government employees. They told Ramaphosa in their experience, they were taught there's no funds projects and that there is corruption. According to the group, this had led to poor quality service delivery in the area.

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Another complaint the residents had was that they were not satisfied with the councillors in their area. They were, however, happy that the president took Mashinini and Sisi Ntombela to the event. The crowd said they planned on marching to her office in Bloemfontein to protest the poor service delivery in the area.

Ramaphosa assured the crowd he was doing everything in his power to address Mangaung residents' plights. The president also instructed Zweli Mkhize, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, to assist the Mangaung Metro to fix service delivery issues.

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The head of state told the crowd one of the projects they plan on undertaking is to revamp the Opkoms Clinic in Heidedal, Bloemfontein. By doing so, this will also create over 100 job opportunities for the youth, as well as other community members.

Ramaphosa said a contractor was already employed to start the revamp of the clinic.

Meanwhile, the president said the contractor will use locals in the project.

It is not clear how long renovations will take, or what its cost will be.

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